Entrepreneurial Barnet

About Entrepreneurial Barnet

The Entrepreneurial Barnet strategy aims to:

  • Improve people’s experience of town centres
  • Create jobs and support residents into employment
  • Improve access to education
  • Ensure local businesses can engage with the council and secure and sustain council contracts

Through this initiative, residents benefit from a responsible approach to regeneration, with the creation of skills, enterprise and employment programmes for all ages.

The approach works across five key themes

  1. Getting the basics right
  2. Access to markets
  3. Skilled entrepreneurs and employees
  4. Business growth
  5. A great place to live, work and invest

Re’s Business, Employment and Skills team is tasked to deliver the councils’ Entrepreneurial Barnet Strategy. The team works closely with partner organisations such as Cambridge Education, Capita, Barnet Group, and developers, community and business groups and other public sector bodies. Some of the key initiatives implemented by the team and partners over the past year include:

  • Enhancements to Watling Avenue in Burnt Oak as part of public realm project
  • Public consultation with residents and key stakeholders to inform the Golders Green Town Centre Strategy
  • Launch of Barnet Together - the council’s crowdfunding platform to help local people progress civic projects for the benefit of local businesses and communities
  • Directly engaged with over 530 businesses in the borough
  • Secured 130sqm of affordable workspace through section 106 agreements
  • Signed off Employment and Skills Action Plans for the Brent Cross Cricklewood development predicted to generate around 5,000 jobs in construction and 20,000 end-use jobs